Information for University and College Admissions Teams

Prior to the pandemic, Rotherham had an unemployment rate that was three percentage points above the national average and an average wage that was 10 per cent lower than the national average.

According to the Office for National Statistics, Rotherham is now ranked the 45th most income deprived local authority in England, with 58 of the 67 neighbourhoods in Rotherham being amongst the 20% most deprived in England. (Index of Multiple Deprivation).

The main employment in the area is within public services, care, retail and hospitality services. These sectors were hit hard by COVID-19 and now the cost of living crisis, placing additional pressures on many of the families of our students, both financially and emotionally.